Spring break is finally here, and for many us here in Michigan that means it’s time to get out of the house and travel! However, just because you get to take a mental break from school or work doesn’t mean you should take a break from your oral hygiene. Traveling has a nasty habit of throwing us off of our routines; the weird hours and long travel periods can make it extremely easy to slack on our dental care. This is especially bad if you have braces, so here are three dental care essentials to bring with you during your vacations:
A Water Bottle
Believe it or not, dry mouths can increase the amount of bacteria build-up in your mouth. That bacteria may cause cavities to form so make sure to rinse your mouth with water after drinking carbonated or sugary beverages.
Munching on delicious snacks are a staple of long road trips; you don’t have to miss out on this yummy tradition just because you have braces. Pack some of these brace-friendly snacks for your trip and munch away!
- Cheese sticks
- Muffins (without nuts)
- Rice cakes
- Soft fruits like bananas, raspberries, and grapes
- Milkshakes, smoothies, and ice cream (again, no nuts!)
- Jell-O and pudding
- Hotdogs and hamburgers
- Sugar-free hard candies (avoid chewy candies as they can stick to, and pull at, your wires)
- Potato chips and cheese puffs
Don’t forget to pack the bare essentials for oral hygiene: toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Make sure to keep your toothbrush dry and clean with a cap or small bag. If you’re flying, it’s a good practice to pack travel size oral hygiene tools in your carry-on so your dental health won’t be neglected if your luggage is lost or delayed.